updated 03:10 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2007
New HP notebooks debut
Complementing its newly introduced flagship 20-inch 1080p notebook, HP today debuted more than a dozen new stylish consumer and business notebooks with more advanced features. The Pavillion notebooks offer consumers the option to add Verizon's high-speed wireless broadband network card: the EV-DO Rev and are expected to be available starting May 9, 2007. In addition, to simplify product selection, HP business notebook model numbers are now based around three product groupings – Ultra-Light (2000), Balanced Mobility (6000) and High Performance (8000). HP is also introducing four feature packages in its business notebooks -- standard (s), business (b), professional (p) and workstation (w) to allow customers to easily identify the different feature sets.
- The HP Pavilion dv2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC features a 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display with HP BrightView technology, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M graphics, HP QuickPlay 3.2 and a built-in HP Pavilion Webcam. Pricing starts at $999.
- The 15.4-inch HP Pavilion dv6000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC offers desktop features with wireless mobility. For the first time, this notebook will have the option of including an HD DVD-ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer drive. In addition, it features Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M graphics, an optional integrated HP Pavilion Webcam and optional built-in 802.11a/b/g/Draft-n wireless capabilities for compatibility with the latest 802.11n networking standard. Pricing starts at $949.
- The HP Pavilion dv9000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC offers a 17-inch diagonal widescreen, dual-lamp display, an optional built-in HD DVD-ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer drive, a full keyboard with full numeric keypad, and up to 320GB of storage. The latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor,(9) step up to the latest discrete NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics, a built-in HP Pavilion Webcam, QuickPlay 3.2 and an ExpressCard TV tuner for Windows Vista notebooks are also included. Pricing starts at $1,199.
The two new Compaq Presario series notebooks feature a new Compaq logo that "looks like a CQ combined, making for a sleek, bold statement." Starting at $999, The Compaq Presario V3000 Series Notebook PC offers a 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display, an Altec Lansing speaker, and Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, while the Compaq Presario V6000 Series Notebook PC offers a larger 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen display and a "fresh, inlaid design. Pricing for the V6000 Series starts at $899.
In addition to multi-media features, the new HP Pavilion consumer notebook PCs feature designs with "Radiance," an HP Imprint pattern with subtle lines across the surface of the notebook to "hint at the interconnectedness of work and play," the company said.
New business notebooks
HP also debuted a sleek new business notebook line: the new ultra-thin HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC combines conventional notebook productivity and tablet PC flexibility into a single convertible notebook. In addition, it offers an optional integrated camera for convenient video conferencing and image capture, an HP NightLight on the keyboard to improve visibility in low light, and integrated business card reader software. It also features a silver finish with brushed aluminum accents and incorporates the latest technologies, such as an Illumi-Lite display for weight and power consumption savings.
HP's new business notebook lineup also features Intel Centrino Pro Mobile technology, offering built-in remote manageability and proactive security. The notebooks also include HP security innovations such as Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, a full volume encryption technology that renders the hard drive unreadable if the notebook or hard drive is lost or stolen.
Six of the seven new business notebook series boast a choice of mobile broadband connectivity options, and the new ultra-light notebooks will support CDMA 1xEV-DO Revision A for higher EV-DO connection speed, while all offer options for next-generation 802.11n (draft) networking and Bluetooth wireless.